Lots of consultations and surveys in progress. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your views known. See our ‘Have your say’ page.
- Service users and carers with experience of the Mental Health Act are asked to complete an online survey to have their say on an Independent Review of the Act.
- The rise in numbers comes as the NHS is running a public consultation into whether England should follow Wales and introduce an opt-out donation scheme.
- NHS England wants to hear the views of patients and the public on the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor conditions.
- The Government are consulting on plans to extend the Blue Badge scheme
- NHS England has commissioned Quality Health to run an online survey to gather feedback about people’s experiences of personal health budgets in England.
There are currently several consultations on the provision of local health services. Have you had your say? This is our opportunity to help shape parts of the health service for the future.
- Pharmacy service provision
- Helping people stay well and independent in the local community
- Improving patient safety and learning from errors
- Changes in GP services
Details of all of these consultations are on our ‘Have Your Say’ webpage. Make sure you express your views on these important matters.
Lots of us get heaps or junk mail every week. Even so, it’s worthwhile checking you’re not missing an important communication.Currently, household enquiry forms are being distributed to householders. Even if all the information is correct, or you have recently provided the information, you have a legal obligation to reply. Failure to complete this form, or register a response on-line, could leave you facing a £1,000 fine. To find out more, click here.
Ofcom is to investigate the cost of calls to Directory Enquiry services, following concerns by consumer groups. There are over 420 companies providing the service, with calls costing £5-10 each, not to mention charging up to £3 per minute for connecting calls.
To find out more, visit our ‘alerts’ page.
In the light of recent events in Westminster, the public is being encouraged to be vigilant and, if possible, assist the police in their efforts to keep us all safe. They would like to draw your attention to new measures which might assist them. For further information, follow this link.
The police are keen to encourage the public’s support in preventing terrorism and assisting in the investigation of terrorist attacks. Following the recent terrorist attack in Westminster, the police are trying to increase public awareness of how people can assist them. To find out what happens when you report something suspicious Click here.
‘A Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing’ (online pdf) produced in conjunction with Age UK, is intended to help people to stay physically and mentally well by providing “hints and tips” on how to keep fit and independent. While it is aimed at people of any age, it is particularly relevant for people aged around 70 years or older who are beginning to find that everyday tasks now take them longer to do and may be suffering from mild frailty.
There is a new contact, Natalie Ibbetson, NIbbetson@leedscitycreditunion.co.uk
The timetable for surgeries:
Every Monday 8:30am – 12:00pm at Ripon Town Hall
First Tuesday in the month 8:30am – 12:00pm at Starbeck Library
Fortnightly on Wednesdays at Knaresborough Library
Every Wednesday 1pm – 4pm at Harrogate Borough Council offices, Crescent Gardens, Harrogate www.leedscitycreditunion.co.uk
After 65 years of marriage to Kath, 93 year old Bob Lowe found himself alone after her death. Feeling lonely, he became involved with Silver Line, a telephone support service set up by Esther Rantzen to support older lonely people. Subsequently he has become an inspiration to others by his approach to coping with loneliness. He has also written a poem entitled ‘Ode to Kath’ which he recited on Breakfast TV this morning. To read his poem and find out more about Bob and Kath, click here to access an article which appeared in the Daily Mail in 2014.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire has published an independent review into the experiences of service users of the police. This in-depth study focuses particularly on the use of the 101 non-emergency number. Click here to read the report. It is also available on our ‘Publications’ page.